Recipe | B.B.L.T. Pasta Salad with Tessemae's Buffalo Ranch Dressing | cookithealthier.com

RECIPE | B.B.L.T Pasta Salad (Buffalo,Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato) with Tessemae’s Buffalo Ranch Dressing

I’ve had the idea for this pasta salad for a long time, but for some reason I kept putting it off when it came to getting it up on the blog! Well, that is no longer the case!

This pasta salad is full of the delicious flavors you know and love about a traditional B.L.T but with a few little twists. First, I decided to make this into a pasta salad format because summer time just screams pasta salad. Right? Second, I wanted to give this pasta salad a creamy dressing to tie it all together, but just using a plain ol’ ranch dressing just didn’t do it for me. And since Tessemae’s recently came out with their new pantry line, I have been looking for a reason to try their Buffalo Ranch dressing.

Recipe | B.B.L.T. Pasta Salad with Tessemae's Buffalo Ranch Dressing | cookithealthier.com

The Tessemae’s pantry line is a shelf-stable line that you can now find right in the salad dressing isle! This means more of you should have access to these delicious dressings now! Yay. So now you can snag yourself this dressing right from your grocery store or if your store doesn’t have it quit yet, you can order from their website too: Tessemae’s Pantry Line

Recipe | B.B.L.T. Pasta Salad with Tessemae's Buffalo Ranch Dressing | cookithealthier.com

Recipe | B.B.L.T. Pasta Salad with Tessemae's Buffalo Ranch Dressing | cookithealthier.com

I’m taking this delicious pasta salad over to a backyard BBQ for a 4th of July party and I can’t wait for everyone to give me that look of “Holy Sh*t this is AMAZING” because it really is and it’s just a fun way to enjoy cold pasta salad that people won’t be expecting!

So here are a few insider tips about the ingredients in this recipe:

  1. I chose to use spinach as the ‘L’ in this recipe because it is naturally a softer lettuce and to me it doesn’t get soggy like other more crunch lettuces tend to do when they are mixed with dressing. But if you prefer another type of lettuce, I would just add it in right before serving and it will be prefect.
  2. The bacon is going to be the most crisp right off the stove. So if you don’t need to make this ahead of time, go ahead and cook up the bacon just before serving and sprinkle it in warm and crisp. OMG mind blown when you mix cold and warm ingredients together. YUM!
  3. Traditional Buffalo sauce dishes usually feature bleu cheese, but not this one. I personally just don’t like bleu cheese, so I subbed it for feta cheese crumbles. If you prefer bleu cheese, go ahead and swap it in for the feta at a 1 to 1 measurement.

Recipe | B.B.L.T. Pasta Salad with Tessemae's Buffalo Ranch Dressing | cookithealthier.com

Yields10 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time25 mins

I N G R E D I E N T S //
 8 oz Banza Chickpea noodles (I used rigatoni but would use elbow macaroni too)
 1 cup Tessemae's Buffalo Ranch Dressing
 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
 3 cups roughly chopped fresh spinach
 3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
 10 slices bacon (I used Pederson's Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon - no sugar added)

D I R E C T I O N S //
1

In a large stock pot, boil up your Banza noodles. I usually find that they need to boil for 6-8 minutes once they are in the boiling water.
Once they are soft, strain them and rinse with cold water to prevent too much sticking. Then place them in a large mixing bowl and place them in the fridge until they are cooled.
NOTE: these noodles are a bit more delicate than your average flour noodle. So they will break apart if you are not gentle when stirring them and draining them.

2

Now you will go ahead and roughly chop up the spinach. I did this to make it easier to enjoy bites of the pasta salad, otherwise the big leafs of spinach will be big and make it hard for someone to eat! Also, go ahead and chop up your tomatoes and cook up your bacon.

3

Once your noodles have chilled, add in the cup of Tessemae's dressing to the noodles first. Gently stir it all together until the noodles are coated. Then you can add in all the spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese and bacon. Stir it all up and ENJOY!
NOTE: like I mentioned above, you can make this pasta salad ahead of time, but if you are able to add in the warm, crispy bacon just before serving you will have even MORE of a flavor explosion in your mouth! Either way, it's bacon.. you can't go wrong!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup

Servings 10


Amount Per Serving
Calories 312
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21.9g34%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 33.1mg12%
Sodium 719mg30%
Potassium 60.6mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 16.8g6%
Dietary Fiber 3.6g15%
Sugars 3.6g
Protein 13.8g28%

Vitamin A 50.4%
Vitamin C 12.5%
Calcium 19.1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

xoxo Ashley

 

Ingredients

I N G R E D I E N T S //
 8 oz Banza Chickpea noodles (I used rigatoni but would use elbow macaroni too)
 1 cup Tessemae's Buffalo Ranch Dressing
 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
 3 cups roughly chopped fresh spinach
 3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
 10 slices bacon (I used Pederson's Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon - no sugar added)

Directions

D I R E C T I O N S //
1

In a large stock pot, boil up your Banza noodles. I usually find that they need to boil for 6-8 minutes once they are in the boiling water.
Once they are soft, strain them and rinse with cold water to prevent too much sticking. Then place them in a large mixing bowl and place them in the fridge until they are cooled.
NOTE: these noodles are a bit more delicate than your average flour noodle. So they will break apart if you are not gentle when stirring them and draining them.

2

Now you will go ahead and roughly chop up the spinach. I did this to make it easier to enjoy bites of the pasta salad, otherwise the big leafs of spinach will be big and make it hard for someone to eat! Also, go ahead and chop up your tomatoes and cook up your bacon.

3

Once your noodles have chilled, add in the cup of Tessemae's dressing to the noodles first. Gently stir it all together until the noodles are coated. Then you can add in all the spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese and bacon. Stir it all up and ENJOY!
NOTE: like I mentioned above, you can make this pasta salad ahead of time, but if you are able to add in the warm, crispy bacon just before serving you will have even MORE of a flavor explosion in your mouth! Either way, it's bacon.. you can't go wrong!

Recipe | B.B.L.T. Pasta Salad with Tessemae’s Buffalo Ranch Dressing
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